Austin Sports Medicine: Summer Hydration

It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!

It’s summertime and, in this Texas heat, that means it’s also dehydration time! We’ve compiled some general guidelines that follow to help prevent dehydration and heat illness which can result. But wait, what is heat illness? Heat illness is a spectrum of injuries from minor to life-threatening that result from overheating (generally occurring while exercising). In most cases, dehydration plays a big role.

Prevention actually occurs the day before you exercise! So be prepared. The average adult should drink 64 ounces of non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic drinks a day. Add an additional 16 ounces for every hour you exercise. Everyone is a little different so you might need a little more or less to prevent dehydration. Remember: if you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated!

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